Rail service improvements and disruptions

Nexus launches engagement process with mobility providers

Nexus launches engagement process with mobility providers

18.06.18: Nexus is launching an engagement exercise aimed at extending the reach of public and sustainable transport in the north east of England. The company provides public transport on behalf of Tyne and Wear local authorities, including owning and op...

Compensation schemes are ‘not optional’, Grayling warns TOCs

Compensation schemes are ‘not optional’, Grayling warns TOCs

15.06.18: Transport secretary Chris Grayling expects passengers to be promptly compensated when they experience delays, he has told train operating companies. Responding to the Which? investigation, suggesting that some franchises have refused to pay com...

ORR launches independent inquiry into timetable chaos

ORR launches independent inquiry into timetable chaos

14.06.18: The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has formally launched its independent inquiry into the widespread timetable disruption suffered on the railway since the new timetable was rolled out on last month. Instead of delivering benefits to the rail ne...

‘Still too many’ delays and cancellations, despite interim Northern timetable

‘Still too many’ delays and cancellations, despite interim Northern timetable

14.06.18: The north of England depends on a “resilient and reliable transport network,” Transport for the North (TfN) has said, as rail disruptions rumble on across the region. The comments came as members of the TfN partnership board met in...

Northern leaders warn travel chaos could continue unless TfN handed more powers

Northern leaders warn travel chaos could continue unless TfN handed more powers

13.06.18: Northern business and council leaders have called for the government to grant Transport for the North (TfN) full powers to manage all northern infrastructure. In an open letter published by the Sunday Times, the group warned the government that...

York invites public's views on £100m station revamp

York invites public's views on £100m station revamp

12.06.18: The City of York Council is calling on locals to give their views on a £100m reshaping of the front of York station into a “fitting gateway to the city.” Under the proposals, the current Queen Street Bridge would be remove...

Rail companies are misleading customers over compensation

Rail companies are misleading customers over compensation

11.06.18: Train companies are giving misleading information about compensation, according to research by Which? Despite recent changes to terms and conditions which mean that rail companies should offer compensation for reasonable out of pocket expenses...

Minister promises Northern disruption is a priority as RDG reports improvement

Minister promises Northern disruption is a priority as RDG reports improvement

08.06.18: Northern passengers have experienced “totally unacceptable” service recently, rail minister Jo Johnson admitted yesterday. Meeting with the mayor of Greater Manchester and leaders of Northern and Network Rail, Johnson warned th...

PM urged to intervene in Northern travel misery as inquiry will take too long

PM urged to intervene in Northern travel misery as inquiry will take too long

07.06.18: Theresa May must intervene to fix the travel chaos across the north, Jeremy Corbyn has said. Corbyn’s comments come following timetable changes that unleashed a barrage of disruptions across the north. “The government must take u...

Proposals put forward to WYCA for HS2 testing facility and station refurb

Proposals put forward to WYCA for HS2 testing facility and station refurb

06.06.18: Proposals have been made to the West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) Investment Committee to back new schemes that will create an HS2 testing facility, renovated station plans and a new rail park & ride scheme in the area. The plans...

Grayling speech: inquiry launched, passengers to receive compensation

Grayling speech: inquiry launched, passengers to receive compensation

05.06.18: The transport secretary will launch an official inquiry into the ongoing debacle that is the disruptions caused by new timetable implementations around the country, and announced passengers affected by disruptions will receive compensation. ...

Disruption updates: Burnham calls for compensation, MPs write to Grayling

Disruption updates: Burnham calls for compensation, MPs write to Grayling

04.06.18: The former shadow health secretary has called for Northern Rail users to receive a temporary fare cut and a “substantial offer of compensation” if they were affected by the disrupted implementation of the new timetables last month. ...

Rail chaos: Burnham claims Grayling is ‘asleep at the wheel’, rail operators apologise

Rail chaos: Burnham claims Grayling is ‘asleep at the wheel’, rail operators apologise

01.06.18: The mayor of Greater Manchester has argued that rail passengers are having their lives turned upside down by the major failures of implementing a new timetable in operators across the country. Labour’s Andy Burnham argued that things...

Grayling blasts timetable changes, says industry ‘failed passengers’

Grayling blasts timetable changes, says industry ‘failed passengers’

30.05.18: The rail industry has “collectively failed” passengers due to the chaos caused implementing timetable changes across the country, the transport secretary has said. Writing to MPs, Chris Grayling promised to rectify the “wh...

Over 3km of oldest overhead wire replaced over bank holiday

Over 3km of oldest overhead wire replaced over bank holiday

30.05.18: Over 3km of overhead wire between Ilford and Maryland has been installed over the bank holiday weekend. The upgrades form part of the £250m programme to upgrade the overhead wiring system between Chelmsford and London Liverpool Street. ...

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TfL reveals ultramodern London Overground trains

21/06/2018TfL reveals ultramodern London Overground trains

Brand new state-of-the-art London Overground electric trains have been unveiled to the public, hosting Wi-Fi and US... more >
Rail companies launch plan to deliver £9.2bn economic benefit to south east

20/06/2018Rail companies launch plan to deliver £9.2bn economic benefit to south east

Rail companies have come together to launch a long-term plan for the railway in south east London and Kent. The region&... more >
Anger as Northern Rail routes ‘not really valued’ by ministers and DfT

20/06/2018Anger as Northern Rail routes ‘not really valued’ by ministers and DfT

Department for Transport officials and ministers were warned about Northern Rail chaos two years ago, but saw some key r... more >

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23/01/2018Out with the old...

Despite a few disappointing policy announcements, especially for the electrification aficionados amongst us, 2017 was, like Darren Caplan writes on page 20, a year generally marked by positive news for the rail industry. We polished off the iconic Ordsall Chord (p32), hit some solid milestones on Thameslink (p40), progressed on ambitious rolling stock orders (p16), and finally started moving forward on HS2 (p14) ‒ paving the way for a New Ye... read more >

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Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

This summer, Arriva Group's CrossCountry and the Scout Association joined to launch a new partnership to promote rail safety among young people. Chris Leech MBE, business community manager at the... more > more last word articles >

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How biometrics can help improve health and safety measures on railway construction projects

20/03/2018How biometrics can help improve health and safety measures on railway construction projects

ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE Biometric identity, time and attendance specialists Donseed looks at how biometric technology is already starting to enhance health and safety measures on railway construction projects. Advances in technology are starting to transform the way in which the rail network in the UK is managed, operated and maintained.... more >
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Apprenticeship levy: the latest picture

05/06/2018Apprenticeship levy: the latest picture

Mark Holmes, head of membership and development at NSAR, describes the current resources available to the rail industry to ensure companies of al... more >
Moving in the right direction

05/06/2018Moving in the right direction

Alex Cropper, head of projects group at Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), reports on the exciting progress so far in building the Trafford... more >
Overcoming leaves on the line

05/06/2018Overcoming leaves on the line

Paul Gray, professional lead of engineering R&D at the RSSB, explains how latest research proves using double variable rate sanders on trains... more >
Rail: A woman’s world

18/05/2018Rail: A woman’s world

RTM’s Sacha Rowlands reports from a panel debate where six of the industry’s leading figures convened to discuss the fundamental issu... more >

rail industry focus

  • 22/05/2018How two-way radio can boost worker safety

    ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE Brentwood Communications explains why two-way radio technology remains the first-choice workplace tool across all industries, especially in one as...
  • 05/04/2018UKRIA 2018: NTAR’s response

    Below is a letter from Simon Rennie, general manager at the National Training Academy for Rail (NTAR), regarding the UK Rail Industry Awards 2018.   I am writing to...
  • 08/12/2017A game changer for Midland Metro

    The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) updates RTM’s Luana Salles on the latest projects taking place across the growing Midland Metro network. The expansion of...
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interviews

Transforming travel in the north west

06/02/2018Transforming travel in the north west

RTM’s Josh Mines talks to Robin Davis, head of new trains at TransPennine Express (TPE), about the huge rolling stock change journey the co... more >